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>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> nhk has learned more about that potentially dangerous incident involving china's navy and japan's maritime self-defense force. the crew on board a chinese frigate locked their weapon's radar on a japanese destroyer in the east china sea. now, nhk sources reveal it happened 100 kilometers, or what they consider a long way from islands both countries claim. officials with japan's defense ministry say the chinese frigate locked the weapons radar on the sdf destroyer ship a week ago. the ships were reportedly 3 kilometers apart. the officials say crews on a different chinese frigate locked their weapons radar on a japanese helicopter on another destroyer earlier in january. the frigate was reportedly a few kilometers away. these incidents are getting a lot of attention because the two countries are at odds over the senkaku islands. japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim it. japan coast guard patrol ships monitor the islands. chinese surveillance vessels have navigated in and out of japanese waters around the territory for month
to nhk world "newsline". government security analysts in asia say it's noter of if but when. and so they are examining every possible angle ahead of a possible underground nuclear test in north korea. officials in pyongyang say it's coming. south korean officials released what they think is the blueprint for the test site. they found the information in a north korean documentary they obtained. the piece aired on state-run tv in september 2010. they say it shows the blueprint of the tunnel used in the second nuclear test at north korea's test site in 2009. the photo shows the tunnel stretching horizontally from its entrance on the left of the screen. it then goes into a spiral and a nuclear device is believed to be housed at the end. the tunnel appears to have nine gates designed to seal in gas. south korean defense ministry representatives say radioactive material leaked during the north's first nuclear test in 2006, they believe that may have prompted officials in pyongyang to dig be a tunnel shaped like a fish hook for 2009. they suggest north korean authorities will use a similar
\s >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese foreign ministry officials are demanding answers from russia following an incident in the air. defense ministry officials say two russian war planes violated the country's air space on thursday. they say it happened just before 3:00 p.m. southwest of rishiri island off hokkaido. air self defense force commander scrambled four fighter jets. the russian aircraft left japanese air space after about a minute. officials immediately launched a protest with the russian embassy in tokyo. they are calling for an investigation. russian authorities say they will confirm the details. foreign ministry spokespersons say this is the first time in five years russian aircraft have violated japanese air space. february 7th is significant because that's the date in 1855 japanese and russian leaders signed a treaty recognizing the islands as part of japan. people in tokyo held an annual rally on thursday to call on russia to honor that agreement and return the territory. prime minnesout minister abe vop working. he told vladimir putin that he wants to
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> north korean authorities have defined united nations resolutions. and warnings from world leaders. state-run media say they successfully carried out another underground nuclear test. korean central television report scientists used a smaller warhead than in previous tests but produced a more powerful explosion. >> translator: on february 12, 2013, our defense and science officials successfully conducted our third nuclear test at an underground experiment site. >> seismologists in several countries defected a tremor emanating from north korea. experts from japan's meteorological agency say the tremor measured 5.2 in magnitude and was not natural. it happened just before noon local time close to poongkye-ri. military leaders issued a statement last month, threatening to target what they called a sworn enemy of the korean people, the united states. u.s. representatives led the drive at the u.n. to expand sanctions. security council passed a resolution last month condemning the north koreans for launching a rocket in december. >> translator
>>> hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo with the stories at this hour. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe and u.s. president barack obama have met for the first time. they just wrapped up a meeting in washington and touched on everything from the threat posed by north korea to a wide ranging free trade agreement. abe says he and obama agree ed concrete policies and the alliance's future direction. >> translator: i can confidently say the trust and bond in the japan/u.s. alliance are completely restored. >> obviously, japan is one of our closest allies. and the u.s./japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the pacific region. >> abe said he and obama agreed to take decisive action in response to north korea's missile launches and tests. abe says they'll work together on a new ruz aleutian and tougher sanctions. he also spoke about the east china sea. china and taiwan claim it. he says his administration would respond calmly to china's challenges and noted the u.s.-japan alliance acts as a stabili
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> investigators in algeria have been collecting evidence and building a case as they probe a deadly hostage siege at a gas plant. islamist militants stormed the facility last month and took hundreds of workers hostage. at least 39 people, including ten japanese, were killed. nhk has learned more about the group responsible. we've obtained video showing the militants training in neighboring mali and issuing bold threats. our sho beppu brings us the story. >> reporter: this man is reported to have led the attack. he's known as abdel rahman from niger. he phoned media outlets throughout the siege. >> reporter: abdel rahman is on a video that's believed to have been recorded in northern mali in 2010 or 2011. he and other militants showed their hostility toward western and arab nations. >> reporter: the people in the video were from different parts of africa. they trained with various types of weapons, from anti-tank rocket bombs to anti-aircraft artillery. security experts say many of the weapons came from libya. they say different groups took
to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. japanese and chinese authorities are asserting two different versions of what happened last month between their forces in the east china sea. officials in tokyo maintain that chinese naval ships used fire controlled radar against the japanese self-defense force. but china's defense ministry has issued a statement denying that ever happened. the statement refers to two separate incidents. on january 19th, it admits that crews on a chinese frigate tracked a helicopter because it approached their vessel. in the second case on january 30th, the statement says a chinese ship monitored an sdf destroyer that was following it at close range. but the statement denies chinese crews used fire controlled radar in either instance. it says officials in tokyo released false reports without confirming the facts with their counterparts in beijing. a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry also denied japan's claim. >> translator: all of our departments have published the true facts. the japanese claims are complete fabrication. >>> japanese defense repres
of spent nuclear fuel that needs to be disposed. nhk world has been covering nuclear energy issues. he says developing suitable technology is not the only challenge. >> japan's original plan was to recycle nuclear fuel, but technical problems have brought the project to a standstill. the processing plant has never gone into operation. nuclear waste remains toxic for tens of thousands of years, keeping people and the environment safe for this length of time is a huge challenge. one idea is to bury the waste deep underground. japan's government has backed this solution, as have many other countries. they say they have the technology to do this safely. japan's plan for underground burial has been on the drawing board for more than a decade. it would start by separating the waste into cylinders. the cylinders, 1.3 meters high and 70 centimeters in diameter, will be encased in concrete. the plan is to bury them 300 meters below the surface. they would be housed in a huge repository the size of about 200 soccer stadiums. the problem is where to bury. local authorities would have to give their per
minister shinzo abe came into office promising to turn the economy around. a new nhk poll suggests members of the public like what he has to say. nhk pollsters interviewed more than 1,000 people over the weekend. 64% said they approve of abe's cabinet. the same rating as a month ago. compare that to the support of former prime minister yoshihiko noda's cabinet just before he left office. surveys put their rating at just 20%. pollsters asked the people what the government should put the most effort into. about 1/3 shows economic stimulus. 13% chose reforms to social security. the interviewers also asked about an incident last month in the east china sea. japanese officials say a chinese naval vessel locked their weapons radar on one of their destroyers. the pollsters asked whether people felt the risk of an accidental collision between the two sides was increasing. 31% said they felt strongly that the risk was rising. almost half said they felt an increase to a certain degree. the pollsters asked how japan should deal with china. the majority said that the government should focus more on im
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." military commanders from south korea and the united states are trying to show they're ready for anything. they're holding a joint drill on the heels of north korea's underground nuclear test. both countries are warning authorities in pyongyang against further provocations. south korean defense officials say air force troops from the two countries are conducting a drill using f-16 fighter jets. the pilots are preparing for possible aerial combat and air raids on north korea. south korean navy commanders say they are holding a maritime mobility exercise involving 20 naval ships. army officers say they are also planning to conduct a shelling drill this week. defense officials in seoul have showed off a key part of their military's fire power. they released video of the newly deployed cruise missile. the 50-second clip shows the weapons hit targets after being fired from a destroyer and a submarine. >> translator: the military is releasing the footage to ease public anxiety by showing south korea is fully equipped to deal with the north's nuclear
dampen economic growth in the future. nhk world has more. >> translator: after widespread floods in the capital. more than 40 residents died and another 45,000 were forced into temporary shelters. the city center was submerged under water as deep as one meter. cars and buses were stranded. some businesses and factories were forced to close. for many foreign companies operating in jakarta, it was the case of deja vu. they suffered similar damage during the 2007 rainey season. since then, many foreign foundries have implemented anti-flood measures. this company changed its entrance to 46 inch meters aboveground level. >> translator: we suffered damage from flooding twice in the past. we took a lesson from those experiences. and decided to take counter measures on our own. our building has a system to drain water as well as a pumping device to discharge water when it starts coming in. >> translator: this is transforming the landscape around jakarta. rice parties and ponds that used to help control the water have been refrained. rainwater with nowhere else to go quickly lands from th
the smog that blankets the country. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people in china have been dealing with high levels of pollution day in and day out. they know that the air isn't good for them. now they say that it could trigger serious health problems. researchers at the chinese academy of sciences studied the atmosphere in beijing and tianjin and hebei province. they detected particles of an organic compound that generates photo chemical smog. it causes various health problems including eye irration and respiratory issues. chinese people have just come back from the lunar new year holiday. traffic is increasing and factories are once again operating at full capacity. many say they are worried by the situation. >> translator: i have a sore throat already. i know that pollution is serious out here. >> translator: i can't stand going outside without a mask on. >> experts have called for urgent measures to contain the air pollution. they include tightening controls on vehicle's exhausts and equipping factories to remove pollutants from smoke. officials in japan are closely monitoring
of workers hostage. at least 39 people, including ten japanese, were killed. nhk has learned more about the group responsible. we've obtained video showing the militants training in neighboring mali and issuing bold threats. here is that story. >> reporter: this man is reported to have led the attack. he's known as niger. he phoned media outlets in neighboring area throuout the siege. he is on a video that's believed to have been recorded in northern mali in 2010 or 2011. he and other militants showed theihostility toward western and arab nations. the people in the media were from different parts of africa. they have various types of weapons from anti-aircraft artillery. security experts say many of the weapons came from libya. they say different groups took the arms across the border after the fall of gadhafi. the video shows the transient life the militants led in the desert. they moved frequently from one location to another. mokhtar belmokhtar is believed to have been behind the attacks in algeria. they say the group gathered in southern libya and then crossed the border. what's not
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese foreign ministry officials are demanding answers from russia following an incident in the air. defense ministry officials say two russian war planes violated the country's air space on thursday. they say it happened just before 3:00 p.m. southwest of rishiri island off hokkaido. air self defense force commander scrambled four fighter jets. the russian aircraft left japanese air space after about a minute. officials immediately launched a protest with the russian embassy in tokyo. they are calling for an investigation. russian authorities say they will confirm the details. foreign ministry spokespersons say this is the first time in five years russian aircraft have violated japanese air space. >>> the head of the all-japan judo federation wants to clear the air. he will brief officials on a scandal that's tarnished a sport that started in japan. coaches physically abused members of the women's national team. 15 team members filed a complaint with the japanese olympic committee. they said coaches engaged in violent behavior in training, su
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". >>> police in turkey are trying to figure out who is behind an explosion at the united states embassy in the country's capital, ankara. a bomb blast ripped a hole in the building, killing at least two people. several others were wounded. the explosion happened around noon on friday. it blew out part of a wall of the american embassy. turkish broadcaster and tv says it was a suicide bombing. other media say someone approached embassy guards and soon after there was an explosion. emergency crews are on the scene. the building is about two kilometers away from the center of the city. other foreign embassies are also in the same area. kurdish separatists and militants have carried out a number of attacks in the past. in november # 2003, a series of bombings killed 60 people in istanbul, two synagogues were also destroyed. one week later they targeted the british consulate and the headquarters of britain's bank. islamic militants said to be related to al qaeda claimed responsibility. in 2008, an armed group and turkish police exchanged gunfire near
on a japanese destroyer on international waters. welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese government officials have launched a protest with chinese authorities over a potentially dangerous incident at sea. they say crews on a frigate locked their weapons radar on a japan self-defense force destroyer. they say it happened in the east china sea near islands both countries claim. >> translator: using this kind of radar, known as weapons radar, is an extremely unusual act. the japanese government believes that the situation could have become extremely dangerous. >> the defense minister revealed the incident happened on the morning on january 30th. the vessels were about three kilometers apart. he also says government analysts are investigating a separate incident from earlier in january. they suspect a chinese navy frigate locked its weapons radar on a self-defense force helicopter. japan and china have been locked in a dispute over the senkaku islands. the territory is in a area potentially rich in natural resources. japan controls the islands, china and taiwan claim them. the japanese government
're taking a turn in the spotlight. nhk world's anastasia strebkova reports. >> reporter: in vladivostok about 90% of the vehicles on the road are foreign brand name cars including japanese. several vehicles used to dominate the market, fwhu cars have been outnumbering used autos in recent years. a japanese affiliate handles car sales of toyota motor in vladivostok. it is projected a jump in sales, so the dealership renovated its showroom. it achieved its sales target last year, 2,000 units for the first time. >> translator: everything about japanese cars is good. they are comfortable and economical. if you want to buy a car, i recommend a japanese one. >> reporter: sports utility vehicles are big sellers. they're useful on the icy roads that are common in russia's far east. vehicles are aut $100,000 each but account for 80% of the region's overall sales. >> the markets for new cars in many advanced economies are saturated. but there's still room to expand in russia. so i expect much more growth. >> reporter: to cash in on the growing demand in russia for brand name cars, automaker from
to be more efficient. more from nhk world's chikashi takaoka. >> reporter: the factory started shipping home use solar panels on thursday. output will eventually reach some 3 million units a year. demand for solar power is rising rap rapidly, especially in japan and europe. greater awareness of energy conservation is one factor. programs to facilitate trade in solar and other renewable energy have also helped. but price competition is intensifying. china is the world's biggest maker of solar panels. chinese manufacturers have cut their prices aggressively, putting foreign rivals under pressure. price cutting is the major factor of solar panel industry. in factory in malaysia is expected to reduce the cost of production by 20%. until now, pan sannic produced thkey component the solar cells in japan and assembled the panels overseas. by sbeg grating production in one place, the company can reduce costs for transport and personnel. >> translator: price competition could continue to intensify. we'll keep improving productivity to stay ahead. and improve our performance. >> reporter: solar cells
of nendo to help the survivors. nhk world has the latest from the capital. >> reporter: emergency crews have gathered up what they'll need for a rescue mission. they see what happened to people in coastal areas and they want to do what they can to help. a magnitude 8 earthquake struck on wednesday off the island of nendo. tsunami reached more than 90 centimeters as it barreled into the coast. the homes of 3,500 people were either destroyed or damaged. many residents fled to higher ground. local media say the survivors fear more tsunamis and are reluctant to return home. government officials dispatched a plane full of relief workers to the area affected by the disaster. the after shock magnitude 6.0 struck off nendo, so the plane turned around. and the team returned to honiara. later in the day the team of 20 relief workers from australia and other countries left for nendo. >> i think the medical teams should be there as soon as possible. >> reporter: the survivors are still concerned about strong aftershocks. six years ago a similar sized earthquake hit the region so residents are well
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> barack obama has some unfinished business. the u.s. president says the hard work of millions of americans has not been rewarded and he says it's time to reunite the engine of economic growth. he promised to work on behalf of the middle class in his state of the union address. >> it is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country, the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like or who you love. >> obama made the address before a joint session of congress. he said his first priority is making the country a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing. he said some of those jobs could come through investment and clean energy. he said the extreme weather americans have seen should remind them they need to do more to combat climate change. obama said america will remain the anchor of strong alliances around the world, as he outlined threats from abroad. he criticized north korean leaders a day after they carried out another n
>>> hello and welcome back to nhk world "newsline." i'm raja pradhan with the news from tokyo. >>> troops in central russia have found a crater following reports that a meteor came crashing down to earth. residents saw something streak through the sky, heard explosions and watched as windows shattered. flying glass injured hundreds of people. video shows a bright burning object streaking across the sky on friday in the chelyabinsk region. that's 1,500 kilometers east of moscow. the object left a trail of smoke. people heard a series of explosions. officials say the object's impact shattered windows, and they say flying glass hurt about 500 people including 30 children. the officials say it damaged at least 300 buildings including a zinc factory in the main city, chelyabinsk. mobile phone networks went down for a while. schoolteachers canceled classes for the day. troops searched for debris from the meteor. they found a whole 8 meters in diameter in a frozen lake 70 kilometers west of chelyabinsk, and they found a crater nearby. some reports say say people have found at least t
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> a massive explosion has torn through damascus killing 35 people and injuring more than 200. the explosion occurred before noon on thursday near the headquarters of the ruling baath party. state run television played footage of the scene. the reporter said the blast was a terrorist plot and blamed anti-government forces. yet, an opposition activist says the bombing was conducted by the basharal assad government in order to scapegoat the opposition. the blast was caused by a car bomb and that casualties would rise. violence is getting worse in damascus. they launched mortar attacks against the palace. japan's prime minister is on his way to one of his most important meetings of the year. shinzo abe is flying to washington for his first talks with u.s. president barack obama since he took office in december. their agenda is packed and their discussions are expected to touch on everything from a wide-ranging free trade deal to punishing north korea. >> translator: i want the summit talks to show the international community that japan and the un
's the first woman to lead the country. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." tens of thousands of people have gathered together in seoul to witness history. they witnessed park geun-hye become president of south korea. a job her father once held. she vowed to boost the economy and address the challenges presented by north korea. nhk world anna jung reports. ♪ >> reporter: the inauguration ceremony began with a variety of festivities. one of the more recognizable performers was the latest star, psi. he became a global sensation because of his song and video, gangnam style. ♪ park geun-hye appeared nearly two hours into the ceremony. she laid out the vision and goals of her administration. south korea developed quickly under her father. it was dubbed the miracle on the han river. park pledged to make a second miracle on the han river. >> translator: the new administration will usher in a new era of hope, premised on a revitalizing economy, the happiness of our people and the blossoming of our culture. one of my critical economic goals is to ensure anyone that works hard can stand on their o
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> delegates from six major powers wrapped up talks with their counterparts from iran on the cups anuclear program and promised to meet again. they proposed a gradual easing of sanctions, provided they get some concessions. iranian representatives are reacting positively to the idea. representatives of the five permanent members of the u.n. security council and germany met iranian officials in almaty, kazakhstan. they want leaders in tehran to scale back their nuclear ambitions. catherine ashton chaired the two-day talks. the iranians sent their top nuclear negotiator, saeed jalili. the delegates said they will ease economic sanction it is iranian scientists stop enriching uranium to 20% purity. beyond that, it's just short step to weapons-grade uranium. the proposal is positive and constructive. he's calling on nations to lift sanctions on iran. he says hostile sanctions should cease and confidence building should be promoted. details of the proposals have not been revealed. the delegates agreed to meet again in mid-april in almaty fo
. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". >>> police in turkey are trying to figure out who is behind explosion at the united states embassy in the country's capital, ankara. a bomb blast ripped a hole in the building, killing at least two people. it blew out part of a wall of the american embassy. it was a suicide bombing. other media say someone approach ed embassy security guards and soon after there was an explosion. emergency crews on the scene. the building two kilometers from the central of ankara, national parliament buildings are in the same area. kurdish separatists and militants have carried out a number of attacks in the past. no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing. in 2003, 60 people were killed, two synagogues were destroyed and one week later, suicide bombers targeted the british consulate and the headquarters of britain's bank. islamic militants said to be related to al qaeda claimed responsibility. in 2008, an armed group and turkish police exchanged gunfire in istanbul. three police officers died. no claim has claimed responsibility for the most recent bom
/u.s. relations. nhk world, okinawa. >>> people living in spain are upset about what they are reading. what's did the accused say? >> they say they are innocent but have yet to show proof. people in spain are angry. a corruption scandal, even the prime minister is threatening to derail economic reform. more than ten ruling party executives have been taking kick backs for many years. the publication says the prime minister pocketed as much as $3000 a year from construction firms and other businesses. he allegedly took the money for a dozen years until 2008. spanish citizens are especially furious as the same government is pressing austerity measures upon them hiking their taxes and cutting public servants pay. opposition parties are demanding the prime minister's resignation. they say he's not fit to be leader as the country faces its fiscal crisis. he's deniedhe allegations. >> translator: i must reiterate what i said last saturday. nothing in report about me and my fellow party members is correct. what is being published in the media and otherwise expressed is competely and utterly false. >> the
shop there. nhk world's kathleen kosha reports. >> reporter: the people in the phillipines used to enjoy robust growth. the rise in middle class is boosting consumption. this day has attracted some of the world's best known brands. they opened their own store last year in manila. >> translator: we're hoping to operate about 50 stores in the phillipines within three years. >> other japanese manufacturers have chosen the phillipines to replicate some of their factories. this industrial complex is located south of manila. over the past 18 months, seven japanese companies have chosen to set up new production units here. >> translator: we are facing a wave of investment. >> toy maker bandai is among the n newcomers. the company produces the bulk of its products in china. but higher costs pushed it to look for an alternative. five years ago, the minimum wage in manila was higher than in shanghai or jakarta. but that changed when the minimum wage was raised in other countries. when managers see comparatively cheap labor in the phillipines, it played a major role in their decision to re
their teachers. nhk world's john guardiola reports from los angeles. >> reporter: since the shooting at an elementary school in connecticut sales of guns have increased so much many stores are running out of inventory. >> you can't protect yourself from a bad guy with a gun if you don't have a gun to protect yourself. so. >> reporter: this company makes lightweight material used to bulletproof vests and vehicles. now it's seeing a spike in demand for its children's backpacks, which are fitted with special bulletproof shields. it has conducted firing tests on the backpacks. the armor can stop a bullet even fired at point blank range. the company is promoting the backpack as a way for children to protect themselves if a gunman were to enter their school. since the massacre in connecticut, inquiries have flooded in from parents and schools and orders have risen tenfold. >> the proem is, so many guns are still out there. our solution is we will provide armor to anybody that wants it. >> reporter: there is also a groundswell of opinion that teachers should carry guns. >> one concealed han
trade secrets. but chinese leaders insist they're not to blame. nhk world reports. >> reporter: hackers have more and more u.s. firms and organizations in their crosshairs. they've hit a range of targets, including air space, energy and information technology companies. some are household names, such as apple, facebook and twitter. managers at all those firms revealed this month that they've been hit by hackers. someone stole the computer passwords last october of employees of the "new york times." >> at that point we were pretty certain that there were some hackers in our network, and the fbi said, as did at&t, that this had all the hallmarks of hacking by the chinese military. >> reporter: offials at the dertment of homela secity pulled up some numbers to illustrate what's happening. they say hackers just hit nine u.s. firms in 2009. two years later, that figure jumped to 198. analysts at a computer consumer firm blame a unit of the chinese military. the analysts issued this report exposing chinese espionage units, and they referred to hackers as the advanced persistent threat. they s
in the ancient city. a balloon carrying 21 people crashed into a field. 19 people died. a witness told nhk a fire broke out and burned half of the balloon's basket. he says he saw the pilot and a passenger jump out. he says the balloon rose higher as the flames spread. then it crashed into a sugar cane field. civil aviation minister wai al madawi visited the site of the accident. he says a committee from the ministry will investigate. luxor provincial officials say four japanese are among the dead. a japanese travel agency confirmed they're two married couples from tokyo. the casualties also include touris from britain and hong kong. >> translator: the basket of the doomed balloon was engulfed in flames within seconds. >> luxor is located about 500 kilometers south of cairo. it's one of egypt's most popular sightseeing areas. the city has ancient ruins such as the valley of the kings and the karnak temple along the nile river. the head of the travel agency in cairo points out that severe competition among balon operators for a diminishi nuer o touristsay he contributed to the incident. >> transla
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". >> algerian officials have for the first time allowed the media inside the site of a fatal hostage siege. islamic militants attacked the natural gas complex last month and killed hundreds of workers. security forces fought their way in. when the crisis was over 37 foreign hostages and one algerian captive were dead. >> reporter: about 100 domestic and foreign journalists were taken on a tour of the facility accompanied by officials. the plant is now under heavy guard. there are three checkpoints between the airport and the complex. and tanks have been deployed. these are the living quarters were many of the victims were taken hostage. we were only allowed access to the entrance. this build is a cafeteria. bullet holes serve as a grim reminder of the violence that gripped the complex over a four day period. the hostages were gathered up and brought to this place. the extremists strapped explosives to some of their bodies. the living quarters are about 3 kilometers from the gas plants. charred and destroyed vehicles line the route. prepara
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese government officials say cruise on a chinese navy frigget trained their weapons radar on a japan self-defense destroyer. they say it happened in the island they both claim. first time they confirm china has done this to an sdf ship. gonodera just spoke about it. >> translator: using this so-called radar, weapons radar, is an extraordinary act. the japanese government believes that the situation could have gotten extremely dangerous. >> >> he says they laj aid protest with chi noose ministry. he revealed it happened on january 30th in international waters. he says the vessels were about three kilometers apart. he says defense ministry analysts are investigating a separate incident from earlier in january. they suspect a chinese navy frigget trained its weapons on a self-defense helicopter. japan and china have wenlocked in a dispute over the senkaku islands. china and taiwan claim the territory. the japanese government nationalized the islands last september. chinese surveillance ships have been navigating in and around or out of japa
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japan's prime minister is on his way to one of his most important meetings of the year. shinzo abe is flying to washington for his first talks with u.s. president barack obama since he took office in december. their agenda is packed and their discussions are expected to touch on everything from a wide-ranging free trade deal to punishing north korea. >> translator: i want the summit talks to show the international community that japan and the united states have restored the strong bond of their alliance. >> abe says that alliance became unstable during the former democratic party-led administration. he says he's going to talk to obama about the u.s.-led negotiations for the transpacific partnership. nations that joined the discussions for the free trade agreement are supposed to in principle eliminate all tariffs, but abe doesn't want to abide by the precondition. abe and obama are expected to share ideas on what to do about north korea. scientists in the country last week carried out their third nuclear test. they are agreed to push for a
in egypt. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people hop aboard hot air balloons daily but a morning soaring in the skies above this ancient city by the nile ended in disaster for one group. their balloon plunged into a field. egyptian government officials say 18 aboard died and three others were hurt. a witness told nhk he saw the pilot had a passenger jump out after the basket caught fire. he said the balloon rose hire and was soon engulfed in flames and then crashed in a sugarcane field. associated press reports there was an explosion saying it plunged 300 meters from the sky. state-run media say casualties included people from hong kong, belgium, britain and france. it says the egyptian pilot is hurt. the travel coordinated says the operator of the balloon had had two accidents in the past two years. >> accident in the morning about 6:30. this company i call rubbish company and i tell the people this way. >> why is that? >> he have two fires before. >> hot air ballooning is popular with those who visit luxor. >>> people in a number of different countries have been involved in fat
and four others are missing. 3,000 people are believed to have been affected by the disaster. nhk world's takeo nakajima reports from the solomon islands' capital honiara. >> reporter: this is honiara, capital of solomon islands. ship is loading supplies which will be sent to the islands which was hard hit by tsunami. they are working as fast as they can, stocking the ship with food, utensils and plastic tanks full of fresh water. the crew will then travel 600 kilometers to the hardest hit of the solomon islands. nendo. the journey will take more than 30 hours. the nearly one meter high tsunami swept away house after house on nendo. members of the international aid group world vision captured photos of the destruction. the images show only foundations are left in places. some houses are full of debris. solomon islands authorities say nendo's power and water supply has been cut off, and they say telephone communication is still difficult. along with supplies, they're planning to send relief workers to the area. a man who helped load up the ship in honiara is hoping to make the trip, too.
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese government officials are looking to their counterparts in china to help contain north korea and punish it. a senior diplomat has travelled to beijing for discussions. north korean authorities conducted an underground nuclear test last week, and they're threatening more action. the head of the foreign affairs will head to china. japanese diplomats say he'll call on the chinese to help adopt a new u.n. security council resolution, authorizing more sanctions against north korea. he's also expected to ask to persuade north korean authorities not to conduct anymore nuclear or missile tests. the problem is chinese leaders urge their allies to hold off on the test, but president north koreans did it anyway. now some people in china want their government to rethink their relationship. here's more from beijing. >> reporter: north korea conducted the nuclear test while people in china were celebrating the lunar new year. a spokesperson for china's foreign ministry criticized the action. >> translator: we have released a strong
that's raged across country for years. nhk world has more. >> reporter: the second floor of this washington state bar is open to smokers, including those who want to smoke pot. after the state legalized marijuana, the number of customers here increased by 30%. marijuana use has been spreading through american society for years. one survey shows that 29 million people over the age of 12 smoked marijuana more than once a year. some take it as a painkiller. with their doctor's consent, people in 18 states and the district of columbia are allowed to smoke marijuana. some americans think that authorities could properly manage its use if they legalized it and imposed age restrictions on users. as financial problems in washington state grew worse, more people favored making the drug legal. state officials say they lost 12% of their actual. it's estimated that yearly 660 million to $825 million worth of marijuana are sold on the black market in washington state alone. state officials think we did great marijuana sales, like they did in tobacco and alcohol, they'll see big jumps i
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." iran's chief nuclear envoy says negotiations over his country's nuclear program may have reached a turning point. saeed jalili wrapped up talks in almaty, kazakhstan, with delegates from six world powers. they offered to ease economic sanctions if the iranians gave them some concessions in return. >> translator: the new proposal is more realistic that those in the past. i consider the proposal to be positive. it can help us achieve our goals and satisfy our people. >> jalili met with representatives of the five permanent members of the security council and germany. they want scientists to stop enriching uranium to 20% purity. beyond that point it is relatively easy to turn it into weapons-grade material. jalili is open to talking about the purity question but he's against shutting down the controversial enrichment facility known as fordo. >> translator: it is impossible for us to accept the suspension of uranium enrichment. all the iranian people are united in support of nuclear development. we will continue the development because it is our rig
infection. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". people in the solomon islands had another reminder of the dangers they face because of where they live. a major earthquake sent tsunami slamming into the chain. six people are confirmed dead and four injured. four others are missing. analysts with the u.s. geological survey said the earthquake hit at around lunch time on wednesday. the quake triggered tsunami that sparked warnings across the south pacific, observers with the pacific tsunami warning center reported a wave about 90 centimeters high reached the coast of the solomon islands. ngo workers say it washed away at least 100 houses. they add that the supply of electricity and water has been disrupted and they say some parts of the island have been flooded including the airport. >>> nhk has learned chinese navy weapons radar incident took place more than 100 kilometers away from the disputed senkaku islands in the east china sea. chinese and japanese vessels were navigate ago way from the islands at the time. analysts say both sides may have been seeking to avoid escalating tensi
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